Stronger travel restrictions for Canberrans returning to the ACT from Greater Sydney will begin from midnight tonight.

People returning from the Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong or Shellharbour areas will now have to quarantine for 14 days.

This replaces previous stay at home orders.

Anyone entering the ACT from these areas, including returning ACT residents, must complete an online exemption form prior to their travel and enter quarantine immediately upon return to the ACT.

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The online declaration form will no longer be used for ACT residents returning from those areas.

If you’re an ACT resident, you will automatically receive an exemption to enter the ACT and will be supported to safely return to your home.

Exemptions for non-ACT residents will only be approved in ‘highly exceptional circumstances’. Even if an exemption is approved, you’ll still need to quarantine. If you do not have suitable premises to quarantine in, you’ll be required to quarantine in a hotel at your own expense.

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ACT Health says “the COVID-19 situation in Sydney is of significant concern. It is important to implement these measures to support the actions of the NSW Government and to protect the Canberra community.”

The mask mandate will still lift tonight.

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